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Nokia's Asian Angst

Nokia Corp.’s (NYSE: NOK) 3G network infrastructure woes have gone public today, following an official announcement that Hutchison 3G HK Limited has dumped the Finnish vendor as its primary base-station supplier (see H3G Picks NEC/Siemens in HK).

Although Nokia will retain its contract to provide the core network, Hutchison is to buy more than 1,000 W-CDMA radio base stations from NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY) and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE).

The move follows Unstrung’s discovery last month that Nokia has been ditched by the Hong Kong carrier due to problems with its kit (see Nokia Suffers 3G Blow).

Hutchison Hong Kong plans to launch commercial 3G services in August, following delays caused by interoperability difficulties between Nokia’s base stations and NEC handsets.

— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung
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